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    My little moodle is doing really well. We've had her just over a week and she has gone from not wanting to sit at all, to grudgingly sitting to now doing random combos of sit, down and stand quite happily and quickly. She also sits very pretty when I open the front door until she is released. I feel like such a proud mum

    Trouble is, I would like the 'down' to get her to a sphinx position, but what she's doing at the moment is a relaxed roll onto her hip lying down.

    After loads and loads of repetitions every day, she has only done the sphinx maybe 2-3 times when asked to lie down, so I find it difficult to reinforce it.

    I have noticed that when she does that playful butt in the air pose she often drops down and does a sphinx after it, but I'm not sure how to utilise that....

    Any tips?

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    you could try and use something i call a 'jackpot'. when your asking her for a down reward her with a treat when she does it, but when she does a 'sphinx' drop then you give her lots of treats and big praise so she learns that sitting sphinx like is much better for her ........ dont try to push it though, if your pup is not willingly giving you a behaviour it could be for many reasons. she is a pup and is still growing and i have found that some positions are uncomfy for them when the different parts of their body are growing at different paces

    good luck
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    She is actually just over a year old, we got her from a shelter.

    I was thinking I want her to do both a relaxed down and a sphinx, the command for the relaxed down being 'down', which she knows, and for the sphinx 'drop'.

    I tried something I read online about moving a treat towards her chest and then down, which occasionally makes her do a sphinx, but sometimes she ignores the hand movement and just does a relaxed down instead.

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    thats another good way (the treat backwards) but it is just about patience give her time
    "In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semihuman. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog." - Edward Hoagland

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    I would stop rewarding the 'sloppy' drops and only reward the straight ones that you want. Id she does this then like Kaz Tarja suggested..... JACKPOT! If you are rewarding her sloppy ones then she has no reason to work harder.
    This is called intermittent schedules of reinforcement.
    If she is becoming discouraged as she is trying, but with only a few wanted drops then mix it up with a couple of other commands that she does well to reward her for (eg her sits).


    Congrats with how your training is going so far! That's an awesome effort for one week

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    Thanks

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